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Topic by DavesYard posted 02-15-2010 07:02 PM 2187 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DavesYard

304 posts in 2933 days
hardiness zone 5b

02-15-2010 07:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: winter compost

Maybe it’s a dumb question, but.. what do you guys do with your compostable kitchen waste in the winter?



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Radicalfarmergal

4312 posts in 3139 days
hardiness zone 5b

02-15-2010 08:04 PM

Not a dumb question, a good question. Anything that I don’t give to the chickens (such as coffee grounds or onion skins) I put on my compost pile and cover with snow, ashes from our stove or goat straw. By the time it thaws, it is already decomposing. If going outside is too hard in the winter, try worm composting.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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DavesYard

304 posts in 2933 days
hardiness zone 5b

02-15-2010 09:11 PM

So you just throw it in the pile, same as in the summer. Doesnt matter if it all freezes.

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

02-16-2010 05:26 AM

mine get tossed onto a raised bed that needs the soil fixed up. Whatever the critters don’t eat will freeze/thaw/freeze/thaw/freeze/thaw, breaking it down quickly.

last year I had a tin garbage can (with holes drilled in it) that I tossed the stuff into over the winter. That worked well, too.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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jroot

5121 posts in 3507 days
hardiness zone 5a

02-16-2010 05:28 AM

Good question and good answers.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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firecaster

81 posts in 3322 days
hardiness zone 7

02-16-2010 07:45 AM

I also just put mine in the composter. I think it’s a great place to store it.

-- Father of two boys. Both Eagle Scouts.

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Bon

7374 posts in 3657 days
hardiness zone 5a

02-16-2010 08:29 AM

I throw mine into my compost barrel and just leave it till spring when I mix it all up with everything else.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Greenthumb

2290 posts in 3696 days

02-16-2010 11:53 AM

I will remain steadfast in my belief that the “crisper” drawer in a “refredgerator” is the best and fastest composting spot ever.

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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norwood

38 posts in 2946 days
hardiness zone 8

02-17-2010 04:41 PM

I have to agree with Greenthumb about the fridge. But I have just been tossing everything into my little compost pile all winter. Spring has come very early to the west coast this year (we already have snow drops, crocuses, and some trees with buds) my last trip out to the compost pile it is looking pretty good.

-- This will be my second year finding out what will grow in my garden space! Fun fun fun! Zone 8, BC.

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StarrsWife

36 posts in 2960 days
hardiness zone 7

02-18-2010 02:42 AM

I, like MsDebbieP use a tin garbage pail with the lid, I have been meaning to get some holes put into it, but havent yet….. but I do tip it on it’s side every few days and roll it around and take the lid off to allow for some air. It’s my first composting attemp past tossing my scraps into one of my planting beds, and although I do not yet know how successful I am in creating “black gold” I know I feel very good about what I’m NOT putting into landfills and once it’s in my yard, one way or another, it IS going to rot, and it IS going enrich my soil….. so it is a win win I think, :)

Keep it up! More people should toss their scraps in the yard, lol

-- Jessica~ Oklahoma zone 7 “A genius always presents himself as a fool” ~Anon.

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countrygal

364 posts in 3674 days

02-18-2010 07:48 AM

A neighbor tossed kitchen scraps out a few years back and ended up with a good quantity of rats.Not such a good idea.

-- Southwestern Ontario Canada Zone5b

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Radicalfarmergal

4312 posts in 3139 days
hardiness zone 5b

02-18-2010 08:27 AM

Good point, Countrygal. I guess it depends on what you are throwing out. Things like meat and starches (bread, pasta) will definitely attract animals, often the unwanted kind. I have never had a problem putting out only things the chickens won’t eat – it seems nobody else wants them either, except for the worms and micro-organisms. If you are putting out table scraps that would attract animals, make sure you bury them so that they are not found or have some sort of enclosure that keeps the animals out.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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countrygal

364 posts in 3674 days

02-18-2010 08:34 AM

What I was told is it was just vegetable scraps,stuff you could compost safely.She could not produce enough herself so got family to bring theirs too.The son was pretty pi——ed off about it,as he was the one who kept putting out the rat bait to get the problem under control.It took two weeks steady to get rid of them.Just veg scraps will attract them if out in the open.

-- Southwestern Ontario Canada Zone5b

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